DAN PACCIONE | ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
HEAD COACH JASON MILLER ON PACCIONE: "Hiring Dan has proven to be the best move I've made since coming to St. John's. He has a passion for the University, our program and our players. He is fiercely loyal and is a tireless worker and recruiter. St. John's is very fortunate to have him."
Dan Paccione was named associate head coach of the Red Storm lacrosse program in the fall of 2014 after spending the previous eight seasons as the top assistant coach and offensive coordinator at St. John's.
In addition to his responsibilities as offensive coordinator, Paccione previously oversaw St. John's man-up unit and acts as the program's recruiting director.
Since his arrival in Queens in 2007, Paccione has mentored an attacking unit which has evolved into one of the most potent and explosive in the country.
In 2014, the Red Storm ranked among the statistical leaders in the BIG EAST Conference in a number of categories, including posting a league-best man-up scoring percentage (.414) and ranking top-3 in goals (11.43), assists (6.64) and points (18.07) per game. St. John's scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games during the season and demonstrated an ability to find the back of the net in high-pressure situations, winning overtime games over Long Island rival Hofstra and BIG EAST foe Villanova as well as outscoring Stony Brook, 5-0, in the fourth quarter to stage a late-game comeback in a duel for local bragging rights.
Three of Paccione's attackmen were rewarded for stellar 2014 campaigns with national and all-conference awards and accolades. Most notably, senior Kieran McArdle capped a record-breaking career by being named a Tewaaraton National Player of the Year nominee and USILA All-America second team pick for the second-consecutive year. Under Paccione's tutelage, McArdle also repeated as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and conference "Triple Crown" winner as he led the league in points (5.71), goals (2.86) and assists (2.86) per game. A two-time unanimous first team All-BIG EAST selection, McArdle scored a single-season program-record 40 goals in 2014 and ended the year as St. John's all-time leader in career points, goals and assists as well as the first player in program history to record 200 goals, 100 assists and 100 goals in a career. In August 2014, after being drafted fifth overall in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Florida Launch, McArdle was named MLL's 2014 Cascade Rookie of the Year.
Also earning individual acclaim in 2014 were fellow senior attackmen Kevin Cernuto and Ryan Fitzgerald, who were named All-BIG EAST second team. Cernuto scored seven hat tricks in 2014 and finished the season with 110 career goals, second most in St. John's history, while Fitzgerald marked his final season by recording career highs in points (33) and goals (22). At the end of the season, McArdle, Cernuto and Fitzgerald were selected to play in the annual DI/DII North-South All-Star game.
Paccione led one of the nation's top attacking units during a record-breaking 2013 season, as the Red Storm averaged 12.46 goals per game, fifth best in the country and tops in the BIG EAST. St. John's also featured a man-up unit that converted at a 41.2 percent clip for the season, which ranked 11th in the NCAA. Three St. John's players scored over 20 goals during the year, two scoring over 30, as the Red Storm (9-4, 3-3 BIG EAST) posted the most wins since program reinstatement in 2005 and the second-most ever for a lacrosse team at St. John's.
Individually, McArdle tallied 36 goals and 49 assists to become the school record-holder in assists and points in a season in 2013, and finished the regular season as the NCAA assist-per-game leader (3.77) and second in the NCAA for points per game (6.54). McArdle was also named a unanimous first team all-conference pick along with Cernuto, who, with 3.69 points per game, gave St. John's the league's top two scorers.
Paccione led a dynamic offensive attack during the 2012 season as the team averaged 9.07 goals per game and featured a man-up unit that converted at 44.8 percent clip for the season, which ranked eighth in the NCAA. Four St. John's players scored over 20 goals during the year, the highest amount to ever reach the 20-goal plateau in one season. McArdle was recognized as an Honorable Mention USILA All-America selection after totaling 28 goals and 32 assists as a sophomore as well as a first team All-BIG EAST selection after leading the conference in both points and assists.
Paccione has helped five different players earn All-BIG EAST recognition during the team's four seasons in the conference. McArdle was a first team pick as a senior, junior and sophomore, including two unanimous nods, while Cernuto was a second team pick in 2014 along with Fitzgerald and first team selection in 2013. Terence Leach received second team honors in 2012 and Harry Kutner was a second team honoree in 2010.
In eight seasons with the Red Storm, Paccione has also worked closely with the face-off specialists, helping St. John's to a top-25 national ranking in face-offs his first two seasons. As the offensive coordinator, he coaches the man-up attack unit as well as opening up the offensive attack. Paccione helped instill a more "run and gun" style offense, helping the Red Storm build an ominous presence downfield.
Prior to St. John's, Paccione spent a season at Stony Brook University, where he worked primarily with both the face-off unit and wing players. He also tutored the man-up personnel, which finished in the top 10 in the country for shooting percentage.
From 2004-05, Paccione worked as an assistant to Yale head coach Andy Shay, where his primary responsibilities included face-off and wing play personnel. During his two-season tenure with the Bulldogs, the face-off unit finished with one of the nation's best winning percentages at the X (.663).
Paccione played lacrosse for the University of Massachusetts and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in sports management. He led the Minutemen to two ECAC Championships in 2001 and 2002, and the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2002. In 2002, Paccione also earned first team All-ECAC honors and the UMass offensive Most Valuable Player award when he recorded 34 goals and 13 assists for 47 points, and won 86-of-156 face-offs for a .548 winning percentage.
After graduating from UMass, Paccione played for the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). He was also selected by the Long Island Lizards as the 11th overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft. He played for the Lizards from 2002-03 and helped the team win the MLL Championship in 2003. In 2004, Paccione played for the Philadelphia Barrage, another squad that won the MLL Championship. The following season, Paccione suited up for the Lizards again, and the team advanced to the MLL Championship game. In 2006, Paccione played for the Chicago Machine.
Paccione and his wife, Katie, a physical education teacher in Farmingdale, N.Y., reside in Wantagh, N.Y. The couple was married in August 2007 have three children, Devin (6), Madison (4) and Luke (1).
TERRY MANGAN | ASSISTANT COACH
Terry Mangan, a native Long Islander and the 2010 Patriot League Coach of the Year, returned to the collegiate coaching ranks to join the St. John's lacrosse staff in the Fall of 2014.
Mangan, who resides in West Orange, N.J., brings more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to the St. John's sidelines, including 10 years as a Division I head coach at Lafayette College. Mangan also spent 10 years as a college assistant coach, as well as coaching at the high school and junior high school levels.
Mangan guided Lafayette to its only Patriot League Tournament berth in program history in 2010, and was rewarded that same season by being named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Lafayette was also ranked in both top-20 polls for eight consecutive weeks and stood as high as No. 8 in the nation in 2010. Mangan coached a pair of Tewaaraton Award Watch List honorees in 2011 who were both honored as USILA Scholar All-Americans as seniors, with one of those players becoming the program's first All-America selection since 1931. He also led Lafayette to its first wins over nationally-ranked opponents, defeating Navy and Bucknell, and, in 2010, saw his Leopards rank sixth in the country in scoring offense and fifth in assists per game. Mangan mentored 55 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections over his last two seasons with the Leopards, the highest total in the league over that span.
Prior to coaching at Lafayette, Mangan spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts where his responsibilities included assisting with the offense, working with the goalkeepers and coordinating face-offs. With Mangan on staff, UMass finished first in the nation in scoring offense in 2002 and second in scoring in 2001. During the 2001 campaign, he coached an All-American goalie and face-off man that was second nationally in winning percentage. In Mangan's two years at UMass, the Minutemen posted a combined record of 24-6 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2002.
Mangan came to UMass after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at Hobart College where he was the defensive coordinator and goalkeeper coach. He helped guide the Statesmen to two NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2000 Patriot League championship while coaching a pair of All-Americans and seeing three of his defensemen collected All-Patriot League honors in 2000.
Mangan's collegiate coaching experience also includes stints at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country and Washington College (Md.). He also spent two years as the head coach at Archbishop Spalding High School (Md.) where he earned Anne Arundel Sun Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year honors.
Mangan has previously served as the President of the Men's Coaches Council of US Lacrosse as well as on its Board of Directors.
A 1988 graduate of Roanoke College, Mangan was a four-year varsity letterwinner at the goalkeeper position and helped guide his team to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Between leaving Lafayette and joining St. John's, Mangan worked as a Curriculum & Recruiting Manager for Trilogy Lacrosse.